Wine Spectator 92 points - Ripe and very pure, with unadorned Jonagold apple, chamomile and Cavaillon melon notes that sail along, carried by fine minerality, with a long, salted butter-tinged finish. Drink now through 2012. 1,695 cases made.-JM
(May 31 2011)
Vinous 90 points - (46% grenache blanc, 44% roussanne, 9% clairette and 1% bourboulenc): Light yellow-gold. Bright, high-toned, pungent aromas of green apple, pear, honeysuckle and exotic spices are complemented by a honeyed nuance. Lush and sappy on the palate, with powerful orchard fruit flavors and a touch of candied ginger. Finishes juicy and precise, with lingering spiciness and very good length.
Wine Advocate 92 points - Even better (probably due to its additional year of bottle age), the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is composed of 46% Grenache Blanc, 45% Roussanne and the rest Clairette and Bourboulenc. Abundant notes of honeysuckle, candle wax, ripe melons, pears and pineapple confiture are present in this full-bodied, evolved, quickly maturing white. The 2010 has a decade of life ahead of it, and the 2009 should last 5-6 years.”,,, (Oct 2011)